New Blog

First of all, I would just like to say thank you so much to everyone who reads this blog. I stopped blogging about a year ago, then started up again this Winter, only to stop again. I am sorry for saying I was going to regularly update and not following through with that. I got very busy and to be honest was not feeling inspired to blog. However I have really missed blogging and it always holds a special place in my heart, so I have decided to take it in a new direction.

I had said that I was going to turn vintagelillies into more of a lifestyle blog but I think what I really need is a fresh start. I have loved this blog and all of the opportunities it has brought and friends I have made through it. I started this blog when I was just thirteen, and I know that it really helped me to become more confident and helped to shape me into the person I am today. That said, this blog has run it’s course and I want to take blogging in a new direction. I have started a new blog called “Memoire Capsule” (no memoire is not spelled wrong, that’s the French version because memory was already taken) and this blog is going to be a lifestyle/ photography blog. This blog is going to be like an online diary so that I can document my life and organize events that have happened with pictures and little stories and share them with you. I am very excited about starting this blog up, and hope that you will bear with me as I try and tackle lifestyle blogging. Thank you for all of your patience and understanding!

Here is the link to my new blog: https://memoirecapsule.wordpress.com/

Love, Francesca

This Week In Retrospect

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This week can be summed up in one word: freezing. I’m used to very cold winters but the whole week the temperature was struggling to get above 0 degrees. I won’t complain too much though since that would make me a hypocrite because I’m always talking about how much I love winter. Being honest though I’ve been daydreaming about summer a lot more than usual lately.

Anyways, I’m going to start making “week in review” posts because they’re fun and then I can remember memories that I’ve made! So here is an overview of my not too fascinating but pretty fun week!

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This week begins with Valentine’s Day! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you probably know how much I love this holiday. It’s my absolute favorite and I love it’s whole premise. A holiday celebrating love what could be more happy than that? I know a lot of people say it’s commercialized and all but I think it’s really nice to have a day to appreciate your friends and family and it’s a very joyful holiday. Usually my valentines are my friends, family, my dog and chocolate but this year I spent it with my wonderful boyfriend, Dave. We cooked dinner which is not an easy task for us but we chose to make the easiest dish possible and it was pretty tasty! And our side was just a bag of baby carrots but hey, who doesn’t love those? I created a food board on Pinterest the other day though so I’m going to try to become better at cooking, at least before I go off to college. Then we watched the movie Valentine’s Day since it may be one of my favorite movies ever. If you haven’t watched it I seriously recommend it, it is completely adorable! This was definitely the best Valentine’s Day yet!

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We of course spent a lot of time at Starbucks this week because Starbucks is always a good time. I mean have you ever seen a sad person at Starbucks? You can’t be sad when you have delicious lattes and cookies and cake pops!

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I’ve been obsessed with smoothies lately because they are so delicious and really good for you. I made this one a couple days ago with spinach, almond/coconut milk, frozen blueberries, strawberries, and a little bit of antioxidant powder and it was amazing!

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These photos are from the Shirt Factory Cafe in Medina. I love this place and will probably show pictures from it quite often. Anyways this smoothie was called “the tropics” and I don’t remember specifically what it had in it but it was very citrus-y and tasted like summer! It was a great post-workout smoothie since it was healthy but still very sweet since it has so many fruits in it. Also am I the only one who still orders cold drinks in the winter? Because everyone makes fun of mye for it but I think those kinds of drinks are good all year round… just wear gloves and you’re fine.

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A sunny photo of my dog because she’s so cute and I love her.

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Last but not least tonight is the Oscars and you know what that means? Oscar party! Haha yes I got dressed up to watch the Oscars. I swear it enhances the experience! Anyways this year I’ve actually seen a few of the movies up for nominations! I’ve seen Interstellar which didn’t get nominated for anything big but I personally loved it. I also watched The Theory of Everything which was a really great movie and Eddie Redmayne was amazing in it so hopefully he wins something. As far as red carpet looks go, I adored Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Keira Knightly. They looked stunning and they top my best dressed list. And my best dressed pick for guys is David Oyelowo. I think his burgundy suit was a great pick and very classic and unique. The above photo is the desert I made. I didn’t really make anything I just added strawberries to a blueberry greek yogurt but I put it in a fancy dish so shh you can’t even tell.

Love, Francesca

Cream and Sugar Please?

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Hey! So you probably don’t know this but I actually have a slight(ly massive) obsession with cafes. They are so cute and a great place to go and hang out, and also have amazing drinks and food. So today, I went out with my parents to this cafe in Lockport called Cream and Sugar. It’s adorable and I had an amazing juice called popeye power which had spinach, kale, cucumber, orange and apple and it was absolutely delicious.

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{Wearing: Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren jeans, E by Eloise tank top, Tempo Paris sweater, Alex and Ani bracelets, necklace}

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What’s your favorite drink to get at cafes? I like smoothies but I also love hot chocolate, cappuccinos, coffee, okay well pretty much everything.

Love, Francesca

New Beginnings

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Hi! Let me start of this post with a  HUGE apology. Last Spring, I became much too busy to keep this blog up and kind of uninspired. I just kind of fell out of love with blogging and therefore stopped. I am so sorry for how I went about that, I should have said something but I kept thinking that I would update and then never did. I hope you can forgive me and read my blog again. I’ve been nervous about writing a new post because it’s been so long but today we had a snow day at school and I remembered how much I used to love spending those working on my blog so I just decided to take the leap and update it.

I’ve missed it so much! I’m not going to make any promises about updating more often since whenever I do that I always end up breaking it. All I know is I have a lot to say, almost a year’s worth! So I’m going to try to be a little better with posting, we’ll see.

Okay next I want to address a little change I would make in this blog. A big reason why I stopped posting is because I felt a little bit superficial posting a bunch of pictures of myself on the Internet. However I really do like sharing my style with you and outfits so this is still going to be a personal style blog, but I am going to be turning it into a little bit more of a lifestyle blog. I want to inspire you with style and other things! I’ll share more things than just outfits. I’ll write more, and share events and recipes (I don’t cook much but I’m trying to get better) and interesting photos. Also with every outfit post I’m going to try to share any perfume or makeup I wore just to spice it up a bit.

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“Maxi stop you’re interrupting my fake reading!”

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I would like to point out that during the course of taking these photos, Maxi completely destroyed this dog toy…

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{Wearing: shirtdress borrowed from my mom, LC Lauren Conrad leggings, braided belt, House of Harlow shoes, vintage necklace borrowed from my mom}

I know this outfit is not exactly trend setting, but I didn’t want to start out with a super fancy outfit. My style has changed a bit and I think it’s a lot simpler and more classic. I decided to wear this because we’re snowed in so all I am doing is lounging around, and this is a good outfit to do this in.

A lot has changed and I am really glad to be back and cannot wait to post and share a lot more with you! :)

Love, Francesca

Le Bunny Bleu

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{Wearing: Kenneth Cole Reaction trench, Jessica Simpson dress, Le Bunny Bleu flats, Alex and Ani bracelets}

“Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance.” Coco Chanel

You may remember when I showed to you a certain cat flat, around a year ago. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the cat flat’s cousin, the bunny flat!
And what better day to wear bunny flats then Easter? I received these flats for Christmas, but since it was pretty snowy this winter, this has been my first chance to break out the flats!

This past week I have been on another Spring break, which has been absolutely lovely. I didn’t actually have time off from school when I went to Florida, so I had to make all of that work up. But hey, c’est la vie right? This week, we shopped, went to museums, ate out, and I caught up on many TV shows that I had not had time to watch before. I also got my learner’s permit so now I can drive! I’m horrible though, I need a lot more practice. Don’t worry though, my dad won’t let me leave empty parking lots until I prove I’m worthy. While we were out one day, I also discovered my new  favorite Starbucks drink which you MUST try if you go to Starbucks and want something super refreshing. It’s the passion shaken iced tea (I think) and it is delicious.

I also did a major overhaul of my closet, and that was no small feat. I definitely held on to way to many clothes I would never wear again, and it felt really nice to finally donate and give them away so they will go to good homes. Sometimes you buy clothes, and wear them a lot and then realize that clothes you once loved are just no longer your style. That’s when you give them new life by giving them away. It’s the circle of style. Well no it’s not, I made that up, but it sounds cool if you sing it to the Lion King tune.

So yeah, my closet is now more regular sized, and more efficiently stocked. This brings us to the above quote by Coco Chanel, about simplicity. That was my mantra for the week. Simplicity is the key to an organized wardrobe, and also an organized, happy spring break. And I suppose you could go one step further and say life? But let’s not get too crazy. :)

Hope you had an amazing Easter!

Love, Francesca

Spring Break

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Though I’ve been back from vacation for a little while, before I post some outfit posts, I wanted to share with you a few photos from Florida. The weather at home has been kind of nice recently, giving me false hope that perhaps there will be a Spring in store, but the forecast is predicting snow for Tuesday so I’m not getting too excited. That’s why I like to reminisce on the beautifully sunny weather from the Gulf Coast.

And if you’re wondering why you can’t see my face in most of these pictures, I mentioned being burnt in my last post. However at that point I didn’t know just how burnt. My face was swollen and blistering and not exactly,  well photogenic. I guess that’s what happenes when a pale northerner goes to the south after not seeing the sun in like 6 months. Who knew?

Wherever you are, I hope you’re taking a “spring break” in some form, even if that just means making tea in your keurig and sitting down to read magazines. It’s always important to take some time to unwind and relax.

P.S. I was honored to do a guest post on the beautiful Lily’s blog, Imperfect Idealist, if you would like to check it out! :)

Love, Francesca

This Side Of Paradise

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{Wearing: shirt c/o Aeropostale, Gap boyfriend jeans, A. Gianetti sandals, Alex and Ani bracelets, unknown sun hat, borrowed sunglasses}

Hello from Florida! As you may know, or guess from all the pictures with snow, I live pretty North in the US and haven’t seen the sunlight or warm temperatures in what feels like forever. But this week, I’m on vacation to Marco Island, Florida soaking up the sun. It’s so beautiful here, with the palm trees, sunny skies, and adorable beach towns. I’m on vacation with my best friend and her family and it’s been so much fun so far.

I’ve missed the beach and swimming, and not having to wear like 5 layers just to go outside. However, there is a drawback to getting all this sun. I’m super burnt, especially on my face, which is why I had to opt for the “hiding my whole face” look today. I’m wearing my new shirt for Spring from Aeropostale here, and absolutely love it. All of the clothes I bought from their spring line are beautiful and great for the beach and this amazing weather.

The last picture is from this place in Naples called Tin City. It’s an adorable boardwalk lined with little shops. We rode the Buffalo which I thought would be really intense but was actually super easy!

Love, Francesca

Pop Some Bubbly!

{Wearing: Francesca’s dress, Nine West heels, Alex and Ani bangles, unknown necklace. Maxi’s wearing a princess hat.}

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” -Oscar De La Renta

Don’t die in shock, but I’m updating my blog two days in a row! I can’t even believe it myself, haha. I would like to thank the Academy and…

It’s Oscars time!! I’m not too big into award shows usually but I always get excited for the Oscars. Not going to lie, mostly to see all the red carpet fashion but still. I’m eagerly awaiting Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let it Go” too, I love that song so much. My mom, my dog and I all had a dance party during Pharell’s performance too. That’s what the Oscars is all about right? Enjoying the entertainment industry. Anyways, I love getting dressed up to watch this awards show because it makes me feel just a little better that I’m not a major movie star wearing an Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. :)

That said, just wanted to post these and tell you my pick for best dressed. I loved Cate Blanchett’s dress, and Jennifer Garner’s but my number one favorite is Lupita Nyong’o. She looked so beautiful in her baby blue Prada dress. Definitely wonderful style inspiration, and I got a lot of ideas for prom!

Which were your favorite looks from the red carpet?

(P.S. The bubbly is ginger ale, in case you were wondering)

Love, Francesca

Denim on Denim

{Wearing: Free People tunic, gap white tee, unknown necklace, Ditto jeans, 80%2o booties}

Hey! These photos were taken inside a tea shop and book store. The weather has been horrible here, slushy and gray, and the outside just looks awful for pictures so we had to get creative and find a location that looked cute and quaint. This outfit is “denim on denim” which I was never sure was a trend I liked, but decided that I did like it if it was done right. A right way to do this trend is using pieces that are very different and different shades and tones of denim (like dark wash, light wash). Don’t use all the same shade and texture or you will look like Britney Spears and Justin Timblerlake at the American Music Awards in 2001. (Had to add that in there, it’s too funny.)

On the topic of Justin Timberlake, one of my favorite topics, did anyone see him on Jimmy Fallon’s show? Jimmy Fallon debuted on the Tonight Show about a week ago and Justin Timberlake was one of his first guests. It was probably one of the best tonight shows I’ve ever seen and they were so cute, singing and everything. If you want to check out their little “rap battle” it’s adorable and here’s the link.

I’m going to end this with one of my favorite quotes for a little “Saturday night inspiration”. Have a great weekend!

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

Love, Francesca

Is Winter Overall Yet?

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{Wearing: Free People overalls, combat boots from target. Victoria’s Secret button-down, Kenneth Cole Reaction trenchcoat, unknown necklace}

Happy NYFW! As you may know, this week was New York fashion week, and though I wasn’t anywhere near it, I was following some of the shows and just want to say my favorite trend: OVERALLS.

Three year old me would be happy to see me wearing overalls, and 16 year old me is pretty happy in them. When I saw Teen Vogue’s articles, and the ads, and the shows, and realized overalls were making a comeback I told my parents that these are a staple I need to have. And thus we have, my overall story.

I have wanted a pair for nearly a month, and looked everywhere. I found some online, but I wasn’t sure how they would fit, and didn’t want them to look “Osh-Kosh”. So I went to the mall and looked in American Eagle, which didn’t have them. Gap, which didn’t have them, H&M which had a black pair on a mannequin but were nowhere to be found in the store, and other stores. I surrendered and decided I would order online but then went to a different mall with a Free People last night, and got the perfect pair off of a mannequin in that store. Let’s just say I put them on and heard angels playing trumpets or whatever that thing is. You could also say I am crazy, that would not be a lie. :)

Long story short, I am a little in love with these overalls and you might be seeing a lot of them. Anyways, how was your Valentine’s day? I had a really nice day. At school, we had Valentine’s day off, because it was the kickoff to our mid-winter break, so the day before I had a locker party like last year, and handed out valentines. On Valentine’s day, my friends and I went to the movies and saw Endless Love, and went to a party. Now I’m excited because we are on a much needed break, and I can finally blog and relax!

Love, Francesca

Never Settle For Anything Less Than Butterflies

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{Wearing: Victoria’s Secret button-down, Tommy Girl skirt, Target tights, Eddie Bauer jacket, 80%20 booties, Yochi designs necklace, Lionette Ashley ring, Photos taken at Alternative Grounds Cafe}

This adorable cafe is the perfect setting for photos, especially for the casual vibe I wanted for these ones. I sort of wanted this look to be “walked out of bed and casually stumbled into some clothes and walked out the door”. But I can’t really fool you into thinking that’s true because everyone knows that one cannot stumble into tights. Those things are way too difficult to get on. Anyways, what I really wanted to convey is a cozy morning at a cute cafe look, where you can effortlessly sit there and play a game on your phone, drink your coffee (or shamrock smoothie) and have a nice conversation with someone (in my case my dad). So maybe you can see the story in the photos now, or maybe I’m overthinking this whole paragraph and they’re just photos. Yeah, probably the latter.

So recently I watched an episode of Sex and the City, which I catch on tv occasionally and enjoy but I haven’t gotten too into it. I didn’t realize until the end of the episode I was watching that I had just watched the series finale, and then I was upset because I know how it ends. Regardless, watching that show and especially the Carrie Diaries makes me realize how similar I am to Carrie. Not only does she want to be (and becomes) a journalist, which is my dream, and has an obsession with fashion (but don’t we all), and has blonde curly hair, but she also is an impossible dreamer with expectations for life higher than her heels (pun intended). That’s where our biggest similarity lies. She doesn’t want to settle for anything, and ends up going through a lot more trouble than she needs too. I admire Carrie because of her independence and her sense of justice. She is not one of those characters who let people walk all over her, but she also doesn’t have a a wall so high that she doesn’t let anyone in. So we could probably all take a cue from Carrie and “never settle for anything less than butterflies”. Except maybe settling for watching a show you already know the ending to, oh well. :)

Love, Francesca

Escargot

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{Wearing: Gap t-shirt, Juicy Couture jacket, Cynthia Rowley skirt, Le Bunny Bleu boots, Alex and Ani bracelets}

Hey! So I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I know it’s a lame excuse to say “I’ve been so busy” but I have been and it’s been hard to find time for pictures. So I’m sorry for not being around for a little while, and also for breaking my New Year’s resolution of “I’m going to post more!” so quickly! But I do have exciting news! If you’ve been reading this blog for around a year, then you might remember my Footloose post from last year’s school musical. I was a dancer and had a really small part last year, but this year my school is putting on the Wizard of Oz, and I am going to be the Good Witch, Glinda! I was beyond excited when I found out, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve been so busy. The play is a few months away but we’ve been practicing e everyday, learning lines and songs.

About this outfit, I received this skirt for Christmas and on the tag it said it was “escargot print” and I looked really closely to see it was covered in snails. I thought the snail skirt would go well with the jacket and then the boots and plain white tee…it wasn’t really that complicated. Although, I feel like even simple outfits can take forever to figure out. The process I go through to just come up with a simple outfit can take so long sometimes. Sometimes it will just jump out at me and others, I feel like I have an entire closet full of mismatched clothes.

So now that it’s a new year, I wanted to show you my “New Year Playlist” Last time I did a playlist post was in Summer so I think it’s due for another. Click on the links of the songs to be directed to their Youtube videos.

Hope you enjoy the songs, and I will be posting more regularly again!

Love, Francesca

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Merry Christmas!! I hope you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and holiday season! My day was very fun, and I managed to even sleep in a little (8:00 am) instead of my usual “can’t sleep, must wake everyone up at 6 because it’s Christmas!!!”. My mom actually woke up first and then I followed suit and woke my sister and we waited while my parents got coffee and umm… double checked what Santa brought (wink wink) then my sister and I ran down the stairs stairing at the stockings and presents. We all opened presents and loved what we got. My mom has amazing taste and always gets things we love. Then my dad made breakfast and we all sat and had breakfast, which was delicious! We all then got ready to go to Buffalo and visit my family and celebrate Christmas with them. It’s always so nice to see my little cousins and play with them, and that’s what I did most of the night. How did you celebrate your Christmas?

One more fun fact: One of the highlights of my day was getting to watch the Today show because I always miss it since I’m in school when it’s on, so I was really really excited to watch today. Just can’t beat Kathy Lee and Hoda!

These outfit photos were taken at around 9:00 pm, on the way home from my Aunt’s. I said to my parents, “Wait! I need pictures for my blog! We can just take them quick!” So we literally pulled over outside of City Hall and snapped these pictures. I just wanted to show you my Christmas outfit, haha. It actually turned out to be fun, in a “hurry up so we don’t get towed away” sort of way!

Love, Francesca

Wonderful Christmastime

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Hi! This December has flown by! This isn’t really a good thing to me because this is (cue the music…) the most wonderful time of the year!

So here are some photos and highlights from my December so far. Obviously cuddling with my dog Maxi is always nice :) but I will admit how difficult it was to get this picture…she would not stop wiggling. She just has a LOT of energy. IMG_7861

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I went to an ugly Christmas sweater party last night, it was so much fun! I actually really like Christmas sweaters and actually don’t find them ugly, just cute and funny.

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Aaand the backs of the sweaters.

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Everyone and sweaters!

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Today I went sledding for the first time this year! Sledding is probably one of the best parts of winter in New York.

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10 days until Christmas!

Love, Francesca

Jingle Bell Rock

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{Wearing: unknown sweater and boots, thrifted vest, american eagle jeans, bracelet }

21 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

Usually I put that at the end of the posts in December but I felt you need a reminder. Since I’m writing this at night it will be 20 days in a couple hours so even better. :)

Holiday specials are one of my favorite parts of this month. Tonight I watched the tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza (on tv unfortunately) and then the holiday Saturday Night Live special which is the best thing ever. My favorite part is the sketch where the Justin Timberlake’s character and a guy dressed as Santa for the Salvation Army compete with their songs for people’s donations.

I still have english homework to do and it’s 10:45 at night so I’m going to sign off with a style tip and a question. Style tip: It’s December so if you wear a cozy knit sweater, jeans and a vest it’s a pretty much foolproof outfit! Question: what is your favorite drink at a coffee shop (starbucks or tim hortons or a local one)? Mine is normally a mocha iced capp but when it’s cold out, you can’t go wrong with a peppermint hot chocolate!

21 days until Christmas (again)!

Love, Francesca

Go Big or Go Home

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{Wearing: H&M top, vintage skirt, vintage headband (worn as belt) boat shoes, clutch}

“In my mind, being overdressed is not a bad thing at all. What’s the worst case scenario? That you are the best dressed person in the room?” Rachel Lee

Hi! Now that it’s Christmas season (my house is decorated and my tree is up so I’m officially in the holiday spirit), I figured I would put up my last fall related post. These photos are actually from October but they never made it on here so better late than never! I am planning on posting a lot more this December, and hopefully it can continue through the new year (another one of my resolutions haha) I’m planning on posting a winter makeup tutorial, giveaway, Christmas gift guides and other holiday related posts soo… stay tuned!

This outfit is a bit more formal, but I really like the full skirt trend and wanted to show you my take on it. It’s kind of hard to pull this off, even I changed to go into the grocery store, but I think that this is a wearable look to a holiday party or fancy dinner. If you’re going to wear a longer, fuller skirt definitely go sleek on top, wear something more form-fitting. I opted for a basic long-sleeve top but it would also look nice with a print. Also go for simple jewelry because you want to look very elegant, not overdone.

Tomorrow I’m going to the movies with my family to see Frozen, the new Disney movie! I am actually really, really, excited. I LOVED Tangled and this movie looks kind of similar so I’m pretty pumped. In December I usually watch a lot of movies because holiday movies are the best, so if you have any good recommendations for Christmas movies, let me know!

One last thing, if you haven’t seen the video of Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi, and Prince William all singing together, you’re missing out. It’s so great, she looks so excited and the prince is so nervous, it’s just a really cute video, haha. Watch it here.

Love, Francesca

Thankful

Thanksgiving is a great time for reflection, to think about the things in your life that you are grateful for and couldn’t live without. There are so many things I am grateful for, it’s hard to list them all off. For my Creative Writing class at school, we had to make a list of 250 things we were thankful for. It wasn’t very hard at the beginning, then it got a little more difficult but my friends helped me finish the list in study hall. It’s things like that I’m thankful for. Help from friends that you don’t even have to ask for.  People always talk about how corrupt our world is, and how screwed up everyone is. When it comes down to it, however, I truly believe that there are more good things in life than bad, and if you focus on the good moments, then you will love your life. People go through rough times in life, it’s bound to happen. There are many deep, dark, inevitable things and there’s no way around it. But the moments of laughter and happiness and random times of fun, that’s what it’s all about. The relationships you create, the moments that you look back on and smile, the songs that remind you of different people, the times when people surprise you in the best way. I’m thankful for that. I know it’s cheesy, and probably sounds very idealistic but it’s Thanksgiving and it’s not about feeling sorry for yourself, it’s about being happy that you’re alive.

I read an article the other day about daydreaming and being stuck in your head. I can’t even tell you how much time I spend imagining random scenarios in my head that will probably never happen. I know it’s way too early to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but seeing as I never actually complete my New Year’s resolutions, maybe if I make it now I’ll actually keep it. I want to start being a little more brave, and working towards making those scenarios I want to happen actually happen. Because dreaming is very helpful as long as you work to make it happen, dreaming without doing doesn’t work so well. So this Thanksgiving, reflect on what you love and what makes you happy, and work on making the things you dream about a reality so you can be thankful for that. Maybe when I zone out in physics, it will actually be productive. Just kidding, another one of my resolutions is to pay attention more in physics. I’ve been working on it, I swear.

On another note, I would also like to say I’m thankful for Justin Timberlake, snow, romantic comedies, and coffee. Just a few of my favorite things.

Here are some photos of my friends and family (and maxi, my dog) to show a few more things I’m grateful for!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D

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{Second photo credit to Erin Oveis Brant}

Love, Francesca

Somewhere Beyond The Sea

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{Wearing: H&M sweater and dress, target belt, thrifted denim jacket, unknown boots, headscarf c/o Mizpah Designs}

“Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere waiting for me. My lover stands on golden sands, and watches the ships that go sailing” -Bobby Darin

As you read that little quote, I hope you can hear the song in your head! I feel like those are lyrics I cant read without singing to myself.

So in case you were wondering, yes those photos in the lake were taken this weekend and yes the water was completely freezing and it was super cold out. I like to call that dedication (or lunacy), either works.

This beautiful headscarf was sent to me by the most adorable Etsy shop, Mizpah Designs! It is such a lovely shop, with really pretty, quality headscarves! I received the scarf in the mail and it came in this really cute packaging (always a nice touch) and then I opened it and saw a beautiful, silky, colorful scarf! I definitely recommend checking this shop out! :)

I was going to go for a Bridget Bardot themed bohemian outfit vibe here, but then I just put of one of my favorite looks that I wear all the time, and accessorizing it a little more rustic. Sweaters paired with dresses has to be one of my favorite outfit combos right now because it gives you even more ways to style your dress without outfit repeating! Genius!

If this location seems a bit familiar, it’s because I actually went here for part of my photos for the last post! The day we took pictures last post was really windy and so we couldn’t take too many there, but I told my mom and dad that we had to go back this weekend and just see this place again, because it’s incredible! Like my own little piece of paradise, I can’t wait to see this little beach during the summer. We found it while just driving down the lake, looking for a pretty place to take photos, and my dad just pulled into this park and we drove a little further, and a little further and BAM! pretty beach. Not much else to say, but that it was a very lucky day.

Hope you all are having a great November so far, and are looking forward to Thanksgiving!

Love, Francesca :)

Not Your Boyfriend’s Jeans

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{Wearing: Bomber jacket, boyfriend jeans, and boots (all gifts from Aeropostale) thrifted button-down and faux-fur vest (similar here) and last 3 pictures featuring my friend Alejandra}

“Doubt is part of the creative process.”

Have you ever had a really hard time picking out what to wear? You probably have, because every once in a while everyone has those days when nothing seems to look right and you can’t decide what to wear. As I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve been a little…obsessed…with style books and magazines lately. I’ve always liked them, but recently I’ve been consulting them daily like they’re my best friend or something. I probably have a problem :)

Ever since I realized that I wanted to be a fashion journalist, it’s like I completely read the magazines differently, looking for things I would change if I had my own magazine, or at least any say. I’ve decided if I had my own fashion magazine, I would include a lot of street style photos, interesting editorials, and gripping articles about things the readers actually care about. Lots of magazines accomplish this, (my all-time favorite is Teen Vogue) but I would love to put my own spin on a magazine. So my newest dream/goal: start my own style magazine. Although I guess you could say I did the baby step to that in creating this blog, two and a half years ago. What is your dream goal?

Anyways, about the outfit, I have wanted a cute black quilted jacket for so long, and when Aeropostale let me pick out some of their items from their winter collection, I definitely couldn’t pass up this one! It’s really warm and adds a cool touch to this outfit! The boyfriend jeans, faux-fur vest, classic white shirt and boots make a very classic look, and the jacket completes it with the perfect amount of edge. Think classy meets sassy. Hiker meets biker.

I also kind of fell in love with these boots. They worked great for these outdoorsy pictures, but will also be so nice once it starts snowing (which is supposed to be tonight!!) Hunter Green is the new black. Actually, I have no idea, but it’s my current favorite color, so we’ll go with it.

Love, Francesca

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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{Left to right; Me as Audrey Hepburn, Alex as a skeleton, Rachel as Lucile Ball, Hannah as an Irish dancer}

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Happy Halloween! I had a really fun day, we had a little Halloween party in my creative writing class at school, it was so cute! Then my friends and I got ready and went trick or treating. Even though we’re 16, we still like going because nothing beats candy. :)

I went as Audrey Hepburn! I wore a vintage polka dot LBD and a trench, and borrowed my friend’s velvet gloves and tiara. I used a Henri Bendel bag as my treat bag. I could not think of what I wanted to be for Halloween, then a week ago I saw this dress hanging in my closet and realized what it would be perfect for.

Did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what were you?

Love, Francesca